04.03.2011 Marielle


We were driving in the car. I turned down the radio & our conversation went something like this,

“Hadley-guess what? Mommy is going to take some pictures of someone very special today. Can you guess who it is?”
“Nope. It’s someone even more special than Grandma & Grandpa.”
“Brody? Thad? Margaret?”
In a quiet voice, she said, “Me?”
As I told her yes, she shrieked & said, “I’m going to be SO EXCITING!!!!!!”

Hadley is starting preschool in a couple of days & I thought that it would be a fun reason to get out with her & take some photographs of the way she is NOW. The sweet, innocent, beautiful, creative girl who lives in a dream world filled with rainbows, princesses, cotton candy & unicorns. She owns the hugest chunk of my heart & since she has been in my life I’ve been changed. I can’t believe that God has given her to us-to raise, love & learn from. She is my little angel & I never knew that my capacity to love someone could be so huge until the day she was born.

My amazing mom always made dresses for me & my sisters growing up…I remember it being so special knowing that something had been made for me. So I made this little dress for Hadley’s photo shoot…we went to this gorgeous field of yellow flowers & I photographed her being herself. No posing, no directions. I don’t want to look back at my photographs of Hadley as a little girl & have them be posed photographs- I don’t want to remember her as a posed three year old. I want to look back at these photographs & know that they truly captured the rainbow, princess, cotton candy & unicorn world that Hadley lives in as a three year old.

So here they are-Hadley in all of her beautiful, radiating three-year old glory. And she was right- she WAS so exciting for these photographs! I am 100% positive that I will never photograph a more beautiful, captivating & amazing subject than my little sweetheart.

Love that look on the right! Cracks me up!

I can’t believe that she held a ladybug! When we came home I asked her what she held in her hand on our photo shoot & she said, “A hamster!” No visible difference between a hamster & a ladybug, I guess…

I’m pretty sure she was singing me a song right here…

And the song apparently had a dance that went along with it…I mean LOOK at those jazz hands!!!

The reward for being such a good girl…

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Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (15)

  1. Summer

    She is a doll Marielle. These are beautiful.

  2. jayna

    Oh my goodness Marielle! These are the epitome of perfection!

  3. These pictures are fabulous! I love them. You are such a great photographer and your daughter is so cute!

  4. I love the picture of the ladybug in her hand. I have never seen such a pretty ladybug before…

    ~Hannah Rebekah

  5. The black and white one of her being so serious is absolutely gorgeous!! What a wonderful shoot. She is going to love these pictures when she gets older. Great work.

  6. Fun, fun, fun!!! Can you tell me where the beautiful field is???? I’ve been meaning to take the girls and get some recent photos of them. Hadley is such a doll and you are fabulous for making the wonderful dress!

  7. MARIELLE! I absolutely LOVE every single one of these pictures! (Come to think of it though, I always love EVERY photo you take!) Haha! But really, these pictures of Hadley are priceless! I love the field with the yellow flowers, especially with her beautiful flowery dress. She is so adorable! I officially have a future wife picked out for Carson. 🙂

  8. Stacie Dayley

    She is so cute! I love everyone of these photos!

  9. lauren

    Beautiful! She is so grown up. Time really flies. I love that secret flower field by costco!

  10. Jentri

    What a gorgeous girl! The photographs are great; I love all the colors and I love her dress you made.

  11. I adore Hadley and these pics make me smile! My Favs have to be the ones with her singing and dancing.

  12. Meghan

    I adore these! And I love that they are not posed–just sheer childhood imagination and excitement. Precious and such a gift for you to cherish.

  13. Brittany

    These are so great! I can’t believe how big she is. I guess Isabel is 5 now, so Hadley had to grow up too. She is a little Sam isn’t she. We miss you guys! Hope all is great with you! Let us know if you are ever in Utah, we would love to see you!

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